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Tulsa loses pitcher’s duel to OU

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A long ball from Lauren Chamberlain lifted No. 19 Oklahoma (17-6) to a 1-0 victory over 20th-ranked Tulsa Sunday afternoon in the last game of the Courtyard Marriott Tournament at Marita Hynes Field.

Aimee Creger (8-1) had an impressive outing despite coming out on the receiving end of the pitcher’s duel. In her first loss on the mound this season, the senior pitcher fanned 11 batters while allowing just four hits.

"We only had one real opportunity to score. Both teams got out of a bases-loaded jam, and Chamberlain connected with one," Tulsa coach John Bargfeldt said. "It was the type of game where, in the long run, it makes you better. It points out some things we could do to get better at moving that type of pitching."

Chamberlain’s home run came as a leadoff in the sixth inning.

The Golden Hurricane (18-3) could only produce two hits against Sooner sophomore Kelsey Stevens, who had 11 Ks and the shutout.

Tulsa’s best chance to score was also in the sixth, where it got both its hits. Singles from Maggie Withee and Jill Barrett put runners on the basepaths. They became loaded after Erica Sampson was intentionally walked. Jill Roye went down on strikes, stranding the base runners.

On Friday, TU had set a school record for runs in a 23-1 win against Liberty. It would later beat Western Illinois, 7-3.

Shortstop Jill Barrett went 6-for-8 and scored three runs in both games combined. She hit safely in her first three at bats of the first game, extending her streak to 11 consecutive at bats with a hit. That is the third-longest such streak in NCAA history and longest in Tulsa and Conference USA history.

Sophomore Caitlin Sill (5-2) earned the pitching win against Liberty, forcing six strikeouts while allowing one run on three hits.

Senior Aimee Creger (8-0) earned the win against Western Illinois (10-4). Through six innings, she delivered eight strikeouts, allowed one earned run on seven hits.

TU will host games against Western Illinois Monday and Tuesday, followed a meeting against Arkansas on Wednesday.

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